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Posts published in October 2003

MacArthur High Homecoming

MacArthur High School crowned David Christopher Garcia and Sandra Ibanez the homecoming King and Queen for 2003. The Court included Ashley Sam, Freshman Princess; Kaelecia Feggins, Sophomore Princess; and Natalia Rojas, Junior Princess. The Queen finalists were Kamekia Ellis and Umayra Graza. The King finalists were José Garcia and Don “Tré” Taylor.

King Garcia is 3rd in his class of 510 students, vice president of the chess club, JROTC Cadet Captain, vice president of the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE), and a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and Drama Club.
Queen Ibanez is a senior class representative, a member of the National Honor Society, Health Occupations Science Association (HOSA), National Art Honor Society, Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE), and Upward Bound. She volunteered at High Meadows Library and Aldine YOUTH for two years. She was also a member of the Freshman dance and pep squad.
During the homecoming game, MacArthur beat their opponent Springwood 45-0.

Sheriff’s Police Academy graduates over 25 Civilians

ALDINE– More than 25 north Houston residents received their bona fides to become the newest members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department Citizen’s Police team.
A ceremony for cadets was held on Thursday, October 17 where new Citizen’s Police Academy graduates received an address from Sheriff’s Captain M.H. Talton and enjoyed a pizza dinner afterward.
Also present for the awards ceremony were Captain Susan Nixon, the coordinator and originator of the academy concept, Major Terry Enloe, Commander of the support services, and Deputy P.O. Roy.

Sheriff’s Deputy Teddy Douthit, who helped train the cadets, said that although graduates of the 13-week course may choose to serve anywhere in Harris County, most stay close to home.
“The CPA Graduates help us by adding eyes and ears out there on the street,” said Douthit, a 13-year veteran of the force. “They assist us in community outreach projects such as youth fingerprinting and bicycle safety programs, and once they complete the training, they are qualified to ride along on patrol with full-time deputies.”
The graduation ceremony took place at 7 p.m. in the newly renovated Sheriff’s Storefront facility at 5202 Aldine Mail Route. Reopened in September, the Storefront was expanded from approximately 4,000 to more than 7,500 square feet thanks to $278,000 in funding from the Aldine Improvement District.
District chairman Clyde Bailey said the board had chosen to fund renovations to give such law-enforcement units the space and opportunity to operate more effectively in Aldine. “We’re proud of these graduates and look forward to them working out of this new facility to better serve our community,” he said.

Busy preparing for the Job Fair

NHG Chamber members and North Harris College staff are preparing for the Greater Houston Job Fair – Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at North Harris College, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location of the Job Fair is 2700 W. W. Thorne Drive. Left to right : Benny Lambert, Phyllis Oustifine, Christine Pfaff, Marilyn Bayless & Brian Dooley. Everyone is invited, and the event is Free.

Albright meets with NHC Students

NHC students meet former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at Oct. 1, Houston World Affairs Council presentation. Shown left to right: Kevin Reilly, Jennifer Leighton, Saskia Anzola, Jeff Bord, Cody Hartgrove-Freile, Jose Calunga, Kara Sweidel, and Lauren Casile with former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright in foreground.

Driver crashes into Thompson Elementary

By PJ WILLIAMS
Students at Thompson Elementary school received a big surprise last Tuesday morning when they came to school and saw a big hole in the wall of a first grade classroom.
Monday Oct. 6, around 7 PM a suspected drunk driver busted through metal parking lot gates, crossed the large parking lot, hit the principal’s car, and came to a final stop after hitting the wall of the school.

The driver, another adult, and two young children were in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
The driver fled the scene and hid in a nearby apartment complex. ALDINE ISD police, with the help of neighborhood witnesses later arrested him. A number of charges are pending.
“Luckily, there were no children around,” said Mike Keeney, Aldine public relations officer. There was one fatality, however. The first graders’ class pet, a hamster died as a result of the accident.
Aldine workers cleaned up the scene Monday night and boarded up the hole. Classes continued the next day with the first grade class moved to an empty pod.
“They had a classroom to go to the next morning,” Keeney said.
The students will remain in the other pod until workers can reconnect wiring in the old classroom.

New Redistricting Plan threatens Incumbents

AUSTIN– Lawmakers finally arrived at a redistricting map last week, thanks to the extraordinary intervention by a Congressman, Tom DeLay of Sugar Land. DeLay came from Washington, and spent three days in Austin shuttling between Republican factions, in an effort to strike a compromise on how to draw lines around the Midland area to please Rep. Tom Craddick.

Republicans under the leadership of Governor Rick Perry, and DeLay, had pressed all summer long for this map, which is expected to deliver additional seats in Congress after the next election to the Republican party.
Democrats fought hard to keep the bill from passage, first by walking out of the House and denying a quorum, and later by leaving the Senate in the same manner. Eventually their ranks broke, when Senator John Whitmire returned, and the Republicans could force the issue.
However, it seems that the lines on the present map will be challenged by the Democrats, first at the Justice Department to see if it meets the federal Voting Rights Act, and then probably in the courts, where the Democrats feel even more confident that the bill will be judged unconstitutional, because it limits minority voting by obvious gerrymandering.
In the Houston area, affected would be districts now held by Congressmen Gene Green, Chris Bell, and Nick Lampson, all Democrats. For Green and Lampson, they have new definitions for their districts that favor minority and Republican voters, and make it harder for reelection. It is expected that Green could carry his district in spite of this, but Lampson may lose, according to most political observers. Bell’s district has been totally redrawn to favor black voters, but he may still have strength as an incumbent, it is thought.
However, many Democrats, led by Garnet Coleman of Houston, have complained that minorities would not really gain any strong voice in Congress as now reconstituted, and prefers the current boundaries.
See column in this issue.

High School Football: Aldine over MacArthur 21-14

Local teams were finishing the third of their district games this week, and some of the action was intense.
Aldine defeated MacArthur by a score of 21-14 at Thorne stadium.

Much of the excitement was left till the fourth quarter, when the Mustangs scored on a punt return of 55 yards by Terrence Aderson coupled with a six yard run by David Brooks for the winning points.. However, earlier the Generals fought valiantly, with a 20 yard pass from QB Anthony Gibson to Juaquin Hampton, followed by a two point to tie the game at 14 all.
In Saturday’s games, Eisenhower defeated Memorial by a score of 27-21. Nimitz won 20-0 over Spring Woods. Next week they will play Eisenhower, Aldine will play Stratford, and MacArthur will play Forestbrook.
In North Forest games, Smiley lost to C.E. King 42-12, and Northbrook continued its losing ways with a blank of 0-35 against Stratford. Northbrook is 1-5 overall, 0-3 district.
See Mike Keeney’s Column for next weeks games.

KEENEY’S KORNER: Fireworks this week with Broncos vs. Minnesota

The NFL takes center stage this weekend with the featured game pitting the Denver Broncos against the undefeated Minnesota Vikings. There are a number of other intriguing match ups as well across the land, but before we take a look at what’s on tap this weekend, let’s review last week’s results. A 9-3 week brought the season record to a very respectable 43-17 (71 percent and rising). Now, on to the games.

— HIGH SCHOOL —
Eisenhower vs. Nimitz: Fans of the running game will love this one. Both teams have strong rushing attacks, so don’t expect the ball to be put in the air too often when these two 21-5A rivals meet in Thorne Stadium. The Eagles get the edge due to their defense. My pick, Eisenhower 33, Nimitz 18
Aldine vs. Stratford: Aldine picked up a big win over Memorial two weeks ago on the road as they set their sites on their Week 10 showdown against Eisenhower. Expect Bill Smith’s team to be focused for this one. They don’t want to stub their toes along the way and they know Stratford can present problems, but not this week. My pick, Aldine 31, Stratford 14
MacArthur vs. Northbrook: The Generals exploded for 45 points two weeks ago in their route of Spring Woods. Look for more of the same this week against an out manned Northbrook team (Northbrook was outscored 126-0 in their first two district games). This one could get ugly. My pick, MacArthur 42, Northbrook 0
Now let’s take a look at what the college schedule has to offer this weekend.
— COLLEGE —
Texas A&M at Nebraska: It looks like it’s going to be a long year for the Aggie faithful. The Aggies are young and inexperienced, which is not a good combination, especially considering that they play in one of the toughest conferences in the country. A&M was blasted 59-28 by Texas Tech two weeks ago. Tech exposed the Aggie pass defense and this weekend, look for the Cornhuskers to do the same to its run defense. Nebraska is enjoying a bounce back season thanks to its defense and the steady play of quarterback Jamal Lord. Look for Lord to have a big day as the Aggies’ trip to Lincoln is anything but pleasant. My pick, Nebraska 34, Texas A&M 13
Texas Tech at Oklahoma State: Is the Tech offense fun to watch or what? They convinced me that they are for real (I may be biased being a Tech grad) with their 31-point win over A&M two weeks ago before a wild throng in Lubbock. Quarterback B.J. Symons may have a stronger arm than his predecessor Kliff Kingsbury, which makes this offense more potent because it has now become a vertical passing game. With that being said, Tech faces a stiff test this Saturday in Stillwater against the Cowboys. Tech needs to get off to a good start and keep the turnovers down. OSU has a balanced offense and while Tech can score with the best of them, their defense is suspect. Look for plenty of points in this one as Symons continues to amaze. My pick, Texas Tech 45, Oklahoma State 41
Iowa at Ohio State: After a one-game road trip, the Buckeyes return to the comfy confines of Ohio Stadium to take on an Iowa team that is coming off a huge upset of Michigan two weeks ago. Look for a tough, tight battle dominated by the defenses in this one. Ohio State does just enough to win, but that could catch up with them now that they are playing better teams in the Big 10. But the bottom line is, Ohio State is winning and that’s all that matters when a team is defending a national title. Look for the Ohio State defense to be the difference maker in this one against a young Iowa quarterback. My pick, Ohio State 23, Iowa 17
USC at Notre Dame: Two traditional rivals meet in South Bend but these two eams are heading in opposite directions. USC looks solid once again while the Irish are struggling this year. The offense is pathetic (is this the slowest backfield in Division I?) and the defense gives up way too many big plays. Things won’t get any easier this Saturday when the high-scoring Trojans come calling. A year ago, USC manhandled ND en route to a 44-13 victory. Things could get just as ugly this weekend if the Irish aren’t focused on the task at hand. I’d like to say the luck of the Irish will win out this weekend, but I’ve got to be realistic and admit that Tyrone Willingham has a lot of work to do in South Bend to get this program back on top. My pick, USC 31, Notre Dame 23
Now let’s see what the NFL has to offer this weekend.
— NFL —
New York Jets at Houston: A wounded Jets team pays a visit to Reliant Stadium this weekend. The Texans should win this one. They are playing much better this year on offense. The addition of wide receiver Andre Johnson has been a huge shot in the arm and the offensive line has improved immensely. Quarterback David Carr now has the time to locate receivers down field and he should have a strong game this Sunday against a weak Jet defense. Look for the Texans to put up big offensive numbers while the defense shuts down Vinnie and the Jets. My pick, Houston 32, New York 14
Tennessee at Carolina: In case you haven’t noticed, the Carolina Panthers are the real deal. They have a solid defense, a strong running game, a quarterback who doesn’t make mistakes and a head coach who isn’t afraid to take a chance now and then. That’s a potent mix in today’s NFL. The Titans will have their work cut out for them as they visit their southern neighbors this weekend. This will be a good test for the Panthers. They will be facing one of the game’s best quarterbacks in Steve McNair. McNair does what it takes to give his team a chance to win, although his late interception two weeks ago against New England was a game killer. Look for Carolina to bring plenty of heat and to shut down the non-existent Titans running attack. My pick, Carolina 23, Tennessee 18
Green Bay at St. Louis: A big game for both teams due to the fact that both have two losses. The loser of this one may look back at the end of the season and realize this is the game that cost them a playoff spot. The Rams are a better team with Marc Bulger at quarterback. The offense seems to click better with him under center. There’s no quarterback controversy in Green Bay. It’s Brett Favre’s job until he decides to retire. No. 4 has been playing better the last couple of weeks, but he does not fare well on turf. Look for the Rams wide receivers to exploit a suspect Green Bay secondary. This should be a high-scoring game that should go down to the final possession. My pick, St. Louis 34, Green Bay 31
Dallas at Detroit: Last year’s Dallas team would lose this game (which they did), but this bunch has a different attitude thanks to head coach Bill Parcells. Look for the Cowboys to turn to the running game to control this game while the defense turns to the blitz to pressure second-year quarterback Joey Harrington. The one thing the Lions will have in their favor is that Dallas will be coming off an emotional and physical game against Philadelphia, but Parcells will have them focused because he knows wins are important at this point of the season for a team that has not enjoyed much success the last three years. My pick, Dallas 20, Detroit 17
Denver at Minnesota: The game of the week in the NFL pits the undefeated Vikings against a Denver team that owns one loss, thanks to former Nimitz High standout Dante Hall and his 93-yard punt return for a touchdown two weeks ago. This should be a high-scoring affair as both offenses have a myriad of weapons. Denver quarterback Jake Plummer has found new life in Denver. It helps that he has a load of offensive weapons on which to call and a real running game led by Clinton Portis. Minnesota also has a potent offense, but the improvement this team has made on defense has been the difference maker thus far in the season. That unit will receive a stern test from Denver this Sunday. Look for plenty of points to be put up, but it says here the difference maker will be Portis. My pick, Denver 34, Minnesota 30

Texas has another chance to prove themselves against Oklahoma

Big Tex is overlooking the State Fair of Texas, which means one thing, in addition to delicious corny dogs and carnival barkers, it’s time for the annual Red River bash between Texas and Oklahoma.
Is this the year the Longhorns finally get the Sooner monkey off their back, or will OU continue to dominate? Will Texas’ two athletic quarterbacks, Chance Mock and Vincent Young give the ‘Horns a chance at ending a three-game winning streak, or will the Sooner smash-mouth style of play stop Texas in its tracks for the fourth straight year? The answers to those questions follow, but before we get to that huge game and a number of other intriguing contests this weekend, let’s see where we stand at this point in the season. A 7-2 week brought the season record to 34-14, which puts us over the magical 70 percent mark for the season.
Now, onto the games.
–HIGH SCHOOLS–
Aldine vs. MacArthur: These two long-time rivals hook up in a key District
21-5A game. Aldine opened league play with a 31-24 win over Nimitz two weeks ago, while MacArthur dropped a hard-fought decision to Memorial, 28-16. Look for Aldine to continue perking on offense as it gets ready for its Week 10 showdown with Eisenhower. My pick, Aldine 33, MacArthur 24
Eisenhower vs. Memorial: This one matches two teams with playoff aspirations. Memorial may not be fancy, but they get the job done. They like to run right at teams, which is fine with Richard Carson’s team considering it has one of the better defenses in the area. The Eagles blasted Northbrook 66-0 in their 21-5A opener two weeks ago. Three scores came on the defensive side of the football. The sledding will be a bit more difficult this weekend, but look for Eisenhower’s athleticism to be the difference maker in this one. My pick, Eisenhower 21, Memorial 17
Nimitz vs. Spring Woods: The Cougars stubbed their toes in their 21-5A opener against Aldine, but look for them to bounce back in a big way against Spring Woods. Look for Nimitz to run the ball early and often as they wear down an out manned Spring Woods team. My pick, Nimitz 38, Spring Woods 12
Now let’s take a look at four key college games on tap this weekend.
— COLLEGE–
Ohio State at Wisconsin: The defending national champions take to the road for the first time this season (talk about home field advantage!) when they venture to Madison to take on a talented Badger team. This game could very well bring an end to the Buckeye’s 19-game winning streak. The Badgers havea strong running game, which can eat up the clock and keep the ball out of Ohio State’s hands. The Buckeyes are not the dominant defensive team they were a year ago and the offense his sputtered at times. Look for Wisconsinto bring an end to the Buckeyes’ year-and-a-half run at the top. My pick,Wisconsin 27, Ohio State 24
Florida at LSU: In case you haven’t been paying attention, the LSU Tigers are a very good football team. Head coach Nick Saban has made the Tigers a top-5 program that’s loaded with talent on both sides of the football. Look for a big night in Baton Rouge from the Bengal Tigers this weekend when the much-despised Florida Gators come calling. LSU has speed to burn on defense, so look for them to bring a lot of pressure on Florida freshman quarterback C.J. Leak. Leak is a talent, but this will be his first experience under the lights in Tiger country and it will more than likely turn out to be a learning experience for the young man. Offensively, the Tigers will unleash standout wide receiver Michael Clayton against a young and inexperienced Florida defense. My pick, LSU 33, Florida 16
Georgia at Tennessee: A huge game in the SEC’s East Division. Georgia enters with one loss and can ill afford a second if it hopes to land a spot in the SEC title game in December. Tennessee enters undefeated after its 23-20 overtime win against a game South Carolina team two weeks ago. The Vols must contain Georgia quarterback David Greene, one of the to passers in the country. Greene’s counterpart, Casey Clausen, will need to be on his game against a ball hawking Bulldog defense. The key to a Tennessee win will be its ability to run successfully and with Cedric Houston in tow, it says here the Vols are able to move on the ground. My pick, Tennessee 26,Georgia 23
Miami at Florida State: Another biggie this weekend as these two heated rivals battle for bragging rights in the state of Florida. A year ago, Miami over came a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit and pulled out a 28-27 win against a young Florida State team. This year, the Seminoles are a year wiser and out for revenge. Look for the ‘Noles to give the Hurricanes a steady dose of burly tailback Gregg Jones. Miami is good, but their defense can be run on and if FSU is able to establish its running game, quarterback Chris Rix should then have the time to use play-action passes for some nice gains down field. Miami will counter with tailback Frank Gore and quarterback Brock Berlin, two excellent players at their respective positions, but this time around, it’s the Seminoles who will make the plays late to pull out the win. My pick, Florida State 34, Miami 33
Texas vs. Oklahoma: Now to the game of the week in these parts. For the last three years, the Sooners have owned the Longhorns in this bitter rivalry. They blasted them once (63-14 in 2000), won a tight defensive struggle (14-3 in 2001) and outscored them (35-24 in 2002) during that span. So what will it be this year? One thing is for sure, Texas is a better football team with Mock and Young under center. Both can run out of trouble and make plays with their legs, something Chris Simms was never able to do. Even though Oklahoma has perhaps the best defense in the nation, mobile quarterbacks are a problem for any defense, even one as solid as OU’s. But the key to Texas ending this OU tailspin will be its ability to line up and go man-to-man against a physical Sooner team. That means tailback Cedric Benson must have a big game and prove he can take a lick and keep on ticking. Mack Brown and his staff know there is little room for error in this one. If they hope to keep their BCS dreams alive, Texas has to win its remaining games. The Sooners, on the other hand, will enter the game ranked No. 1 in the nation and they too have national title dreams dancing about in their heads. If the Texas defense can get to OU quarterback Jason White early, that might rattle his confidence and force him to commit a turnover or two. That would be huge. I think this is a different Texas team. The loss to Arkansas seems to have toughened them up, which should suit them well this Saturday in the Cotton Bowl, plus I want my nephew Will to witness a Texas win over OU before he departs Austin. My pick, Texas 23, Oklahoma 21
Now let’s take a look at what the NFL has to offer this weekend.
–NFL–
Pittsburgh at Denver: Expect the thin air in Denver to be filled with passes this Sunday as Tommy Maddox and Jake Plummer go at it in Invesco Field on Sunday. Both teams have two of the better passing attacks in the NFL, but Denver should have the advantage because they also run the football well, that is is Clinton Portis is healthy. Denver will be coming off a physical and emotional game against Kansas City, but they should be up for a Steelers team that has yet to play a complete game this season. My pick, Denver 24, Pittsburgh 16
Carolina at Indianapolis: This game pits two of the leagues most improved teams from a year ago, and both could enter this game undefeated. The Panthers have been getting it done with a bruising running game led by Stephen Davis and an opportunistic and hard-hitting defense. The Colts have been led by quarterback Peyton Manning who turned in a spectacular performance two weeks ago on Sunday night when he blistered the Saints for six touchdown passes in a 55-21 route. Tony Dungy has also built a stout defense, which means the Colts are solid on both sides of the football.
This should be a good one to watch. Look for Manning to be the difference maker in this one as the Colts continue to roll along. My pick, Indianapolis 24, Carolina 13
Houston at Tennessee: The Texans pay a visit to their old buddy Bud Adams and his team this Sunday looking for win No. 3 on the season. Dom Capers showed a lot of guts two weeks ago when he called for a quarterback sneak with two seconds left. The gamble worked and the Texans should have gained a lot of confidence in their young quarterback and coach because of that play. But this week, it might be wise not to take too many chances against a Tennessee team that plays well on both sides of the football. It seems the more Steve McNair is injured, the better he plays. What a competitor. If the Titans get their running game going, watch out for this bunch. The Texans might be in for a long day in Nashville as the Titans put it to the team that inhabits their former abode. My pick, Tennessee 31, Houston 20
Philadelphia at Dallas: For those of you who don’t think a coach makes much of a difference in the NFL, just take a look at the Cowboys. Bill Parcells has turned this team around a lot quicker than even the most myopic Dallas fan had hoped for, but there’s still plenty of work to be done and the Tuna would be the first to tell you that. This week will be a good measuring stick for where this team really is. Although the Eagles stumbled out of the gate losing their first two games, this is still a very talented and tough football team. They proved that two weeks ago in their 22-13 win at Buffalo. Philly has owned the Cowboys the last few years with few of the games being the least bit competitive. Now that Parcells is at the helm,
Dallas will play hard every week. The key will be how will quarterback Quincy Carter continues to play. He’s still prone to make a mistake at an inopportune time. The Eagles are just the type of defense that could rattle Carter into a mistake or two that will have Parcells pulling out his hair. My pick, Philadelphia 23, Dallas

Mayoral Candidates tell Chamber about their positions

NORTHEAST– Civility and intelligence hallmarked the performance of the three leading mayoral candidates at the “debate” held for the North Houston Greenspoint Chamber on Thursday. Moderated by Channel 13’s Melanie Lawson, questions were fielded both from her and the audience.
Each candidate had an opportunity to present their credentials and positions, answer some questions, and respond to each other’s comments.
The meeting room at the Holiday Inn Airport was packed, and most chamber members seemed to feel they had gotten a good first-hand introduction to the candidates in an important city election.
Major issues that were brought up for discussion included traffic congestion, and Metro’s rail plan and bonding election; the general quality of life in Houston; the efficiency or lack of same in the current city hall government; proposed tax cuts; property valuations; the $2 drainage fee; flooding; health care services; crime; the DNA lab; the poor operation of the City’s 9-1-1 dispatch center; job availability and growth; and pay raises for public officials.

Many of the candidates positions are well-known by this time, but audience members got an opportunity to sense the personal commitment and understanding that each candidate would bring to the issues.
All three said they were in favor of rail transit, for instance, but only one–Turner–would support the current proposal by Metro. Although flawed, he said, it is “a step in the right direction.” He pointed out that other cities in the U.S. are getting transit dollars, and we are losing millions to them. Both Sanchez and White said that they favored some rail system, but not the one that Metro has put on the ballot. They questioned the budgeting figures that have been presented.
On traffic, Bill White said that he considers this the number one problem for Houston. He stressed that congestion affects our ability to grow, and said that his 43 point plan, which is available to see on his web site, would reduce commute time by 10%. Sanchez said his plan was common sense, not permiting contractors to tear up roads, letting police clear roads of accidents, and so on.
On taxes, the candidates took different approaches. White said after a cut, we need better fiscal management and tax relief for seniors. Sanchez wanted a tax cut, and to raise the exemption for seniors. Turner said NO to a tax cut, because the question then becomes, where do you cut the budget for services?
Turner stated that flood or drainage relief should be a basic “core service” of the city, not financed by an added fee. Sanchez agreed, and said flood control needs to be a city priority, as it is in the county. White’s position was that we would pay for flood relief by refinancing city debt, much as in private business.
On Taxes, Sanches pointed out that we have had an 89% increase in our tax bill in the last 6 years, and spending at City Hall is “out of control.” He would support a tax cap, and cut the city budget. Turner said he wanted performance based budgeting, or so-called “zero-based” budgets, where each department must justify their expenditures each year, or get nothing.
Turner said that Houston needs more federally funded health clinics, that Houston had 3 while Chicago had about 40. All the candidates cited the problem of low immunization rates in Houston and Texas as a major problem. Sanchez and White both thought the health care problem could be solved better if the City and the County worked together on clinics and health services.
On Crime, White said that public safety should be the number one priority of city government. Turner and Sanchez pointed out the problem that is imminent of large numbers of parolees about to be released, and the need to work with the state to minimize the impact on crime in the city.
Closing statements of the three included:
White said “Houston is a great city of opportunity, that allows everyone to get ahead.”
Turner pointed out that he grew up in Acres Homes, and “if you work hard, you can do anything.”
Sanchez felt that “Houston is at a crossroads, and need my experience at city hall.”
In closing, Melanie Lawson pointed out the ethnicity of each candidate, and how Houston can accept and thrive from a population that is diverse. Each candidate agreed, and thanked the Chamber for the opportunity to present their ideas.